The U.S. Department of Justice didn’t say it, but we will: In addition to the criminals behind bars at Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida, there just as surely are criminals among the prison guards, too. In a report released on Tuesday, the Justice Department excoriated Florida Corrections, having found that officers at Lowell, one of the largest women’s prisons in the nation, have “raped, sodomized, beaten and choked female inmates.” Investigators reviewed over 100,000 pages of documents and interviewed dozens of inmates at Lowell. They found the pattern of abuse so systemic an...
WATCH: Wyoming voter trashes Liz Cheney — and promotes the Big Lie despite admitting no evidence for it
On Thursday, CNN aired a report of Gary Tuchman traveling to Wyoming to speak with voters about Rep. Liz Cheney's falling out with the Republican Party — and found a number of voters who fully bought into former President Donald Trump's "big lie" about the election being stolen, and want Cheney out for standing up to it.
One woman, in particular, enthusiastically embraced Trump's conspiracy theories — even when confronted with the fact that no evidence exists to support it.
"I think she needs to go," said the woman as Tuchman interviewed her from out of her car window. "Just because I don't think she did the right thing for the Republican Party."
"She says that Donald Trump is lying about the election being stolen," said Tuchman.
"I agree," she replied. "I agree that the election was stolen."
"There's no evidence of it," Tuchman reminded her.
"Well, eventually it might come out," she replied stubbornly.
Gary Tuchman confronts Wyoming Trump supporter about Big Lie www.youtube.com
Could Great Panda bearss be the key to debunking a right-wing conspiracy theory being investigated during the widely-panned Arizona audit.
Laurie Roberts, columnist for the Arizona Republic, was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Thursday after she called for the Department of Justice to "protect our ballots from whatever the heck is going on."
Roberts wrote about the search for bamboo in the ballots because of a conspiracy theory that tens of thousands of ballots were flown in from southeast Asia.
"And so amateur sleuths in this official state audit are now using UV lights and 5K cameras to check for bamboo. Because if bamboo is found in those ballots then aHA! Enter: China. Or possibly, North Korea.Never mind the fact that not all paper produced in Asia contains bamboo or that not all paper that contains bamboo is produced in Asia," she wrote. "Or that this is INSANE."
"Be assured this audit isn't about bamboo. It's about bamboozling the Republican base in believing that something nefarious happened here in Arizona, once upon a time a model for the nation in how we conduct elections. It's about keeping the contributions flowing and the outrage boiling. It's about accepting no result other than the result that they demand," she explained.
Hayes asked about the bamboo conspiracy theory.
"First of all, i would say I'm not aware of any bamboo in the ballots. If they find it, bring it on. If not, I will also say that bamboo actually grows in Arizona," Roberts said.
"I actually had a reader today who suggested how we can cut right through this and get moving on given the fact that so few ballots have been counted and the clock is ticking. He suggested that we just import a couple of pandas from wherever they are. He said San Diego, but I don't think they have them anymore. Import the pandas, throw the ballots on the floor, see which ones they eat, and then we'll know," she joked.
"I say bring in the pandas," she said.
Arizona Audit www.youtube.com
Notorious GOP political operative Lee Atwater was unable to finish writing his memoirs before he died of brain cancer in 1991, but after his widow passed away in March, his daughter allowed New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer access to the records.
"They included seven chapters of Lee Atwater's unpublished draft memoir, which had remained untouched since he succumbed to brain cancer, in 1991, at the age of forty, and at the height of his political career," Mayer wrote. "Atwater died before he could finish his memoir. What remains of it are hunks of yellowing typewritten pages, held together by rusting staples and paper clips. But the seven surviving chapters suggest that, far from dying along with him, the nihilism, cynicism, and scurrilous tactics that Atwater brought into national politics live on. In many ways, his memoir suggests that Atwater's tactics were a bridge between the old Republican Party of the Nixon era, when dirty tricks were considered a scandal, and the new Republican Party of Donald Trump, in which lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost have become normalized."
Atwater, had been partners in a Washington political firm with Roger Stone and Paul Manafort, had no interest governing.
"I've always thought running for office is a bunch of bullsh*t. Being in a office is even more bullsh*t. It really is bullshit," he wrote. "I'm proud of the fact that I understand how much BS it is."
The seven surviving chapters of Lee Atwater’s unpublished memoir suggest that the nihilism, cynicism, and scurrilou… https://t.co/kHZspIFgm7— The New Yorker (@The New Yorker)1620345703.0
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